CSA on Friday named exciting U19 fast bowler Kagiso Rabada as one of several new caps in the SA A squad to travel to Australia.
He will join the side for a series of four-day matches against Australia A as well as a quadrangular limited overs series that also includes India A and the Australian National Performance Squad.
Rabada was one of the stars of South Africa’s successful campaign earlier this year to win the ICC U19 World Cup.
Other players chosen at SA A level for the first time are batsmen, David White, Khaya Zondo and Cody Chetty, wicketkeeper Mangaliso Mosehle, left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi and leg-spinner Eddie Leie.
Justin Ontong will captain both the four-day and one-day squads while Proteas squad member Rory Kleinveldt has also been included as he starts his comeback from injury.
‘It was only a year ago that the South Africa A squad included the likes of Beuran Hendricks and Dane Piedt who have gone on to earn senior national colours, so the opportunity and incentive is there for others to follow suit,’ commented CSA selection convener, Andrew Hudson.
‘The squad for Australia has a nice balance of experience and youthful potential about it and this will be an excellent test for them against Australia A and India A, both of whom have assembled very strong squads.’
SA A four-day squad: Justin Ontong (Cape Cobras, C), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Marchant de Lange (Titans), Simon Harmer (Warriors), Beuran Hendricks (Cape Cobras), Reeza Hendricks (Knights), Rory Kleinveldt (Cape Cobras), Heino Kuhn (Titans), Eddie Leie (Highveld Lions), Mangaliso Mosehle (Titans), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Hardus Viljoen (Highveld Lions), David White (Warriors), Khaya Zondo (Dolphins).
SA A one-day squad: Justin Ontong (Cape Cobras, C), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), Cody Chetty (Dolphins), Marchant de Lange (Titans), Simon Harmer (Warriors), Beuran Hendricks (Cape Cobras), Reeza Hendricks (Knights), Rory Kleinveldt (Cape Cobras), Heino Kuhn (Titans), Mangaliso Mosehle (Titans), Aaron Phangiso (Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Mthokozisi Shezi (Cape Cobras), Vaughn van Jaarsveld (Dolphins).
Management: Khomotso Masubulele (manager), Vincent Barnes (coach), Paul Adams (assistant coach), Craig Govender (physiotherapist), Dieter Swanepoel (fitnesss trainer), Drikus Coertzen (video analyst).
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